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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74,179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Franzen Narrator: David Ledoux Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family.

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz - outré rocker and Walter's college best friend and rival - still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become a very different kind of neighbor, an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street's attentive eyes?

In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daphne | 2/9/2014

    " Jonathan Franzen did it again. Great plot with lots of twists and turns. I had a hard time putting the book down. Each character had a unique voice. They were so flawed but I still found myself rooting for them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by William | 2/8/2014

    " Pretty typical Franzen. You could finish it in a day if you really wanted. It really deserves three stars, but for someone from Minnesota, it really hits home in the early chapters, bumping it up to four. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dimitrios Triantaphyllou | 2/2/2014

    " Could not put down this book...a sweeping tale of an American family with extremely well developed characters and a very good presentation of the notion of freedom and all its nuances.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Price | 1/27/2014

    " Wasn't sure it would live up to the hype but after a bit of a slow start it took off. A fantastic read. "

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